The new National Theatre of Scotland has appointed Vicky Featherstone as its first Director. Vicky Featherstone is currently artistic director of the Paines Plough company, which specialises in producing new writing. She will command a £7.5 Million pound budget and will formally take up her new post on 1 November. She said she hoped to announce a programme in the spring and stage the first National Theatre of Scotland production at the end of next year. She said,
"This is an incredible moment, a life-changing moment, for me personally and also, I believe, for theatre, and for Scotland. We will have very exciting, epic, state-of-the-nation productions that will make us proud to be alive, let alone Scottish."Philip Howard, artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, said
"Sheís one of the best directors of new writing around - and has a golden touch. I donít think she would have taken on the job if she didnít know she could make a success of it."